Strong teeth are healthy teeth, and the path to healthy teeth includes both eating the right foods and caring for your teeth the right way. According to the American Dental Association, the top reasons people suffer from gum disease and tooth decay include poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, and taking certain medicines that block the absorption of calcium.
One of the easiest ways to ensure you keep your teeth strong is to establish good dental hygiene practices, such as:
- Brush after every meal using a fluoridated, ADA-approved toothpaste
- Floss at least once daily (preferably more often)
- Make healthy food choices, ensuring you consume the recommended daily allowance of calcium
- Get regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist
- Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco
Good dental hygiene is the foundation upon which healthy teeth are formed, but healthy eating habits can also impact your tooth health. Healthy teeth, like the rest of your body, require you to eat healthy foods. Eating plenty of fruits, veggies, whole wheat, and dairy not only promote overall health but ensure your body has the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain healthy, strong teeth. Learn more about how your diet affects tooth health in the Colgate Oral Care Resources center.
Certain people may have a more difficult time maintaining healthy teeth than others. If you take certain medications or suffer from some diseases, such as diabetes, you may need to place more emphasis on dental hygiene and work closely with your dentist to prevent issues. Learn more about how specific medical conditions can impact your tooth health in the Colgate Oral Care Resources center.
Ultimately, strong and healthy teeth result from dedicated, consistent dental hygiene practices combined with healthy eating and regular dental care.